Newsletter No. 16

As farmers we watch the magic that is the changing of the seasons and with seasonal change comes the bird's migration. 

in the spring as the trees bloom and the days warm the Sandhill crane with its whippoorwhill call and elegant long legs fly over the farm. Hundreds of geese gather in the swampy lowland and take off all at once without warning in a great show on their way south to warmer lands. As the summer heats everything up hummingbirds and song birds flit about. 

There are also birds who live here all year like Hawks, white egrets, blue herons, and osprey and killdeer. The Killdeer scream through the farm trying to distract from its nest on the ground which is currently in the kohlrabi but usually in the lettuce. Sauvie island is home to one of the largest bird preserves in the country and is a resting point for migrating birds. There are over 250 bird species who can be spotted here. 

In the past few weeks the sign that fall is near came not only with rain and cooler, darker mornings but with geese flying overhead. And today the Sandhill crane came back! 

Check here for more on birding on Sauvie Island.


  • craspedia
  • ageratum
  • amaranth
  • didiscus
  • mignonette
  • marigold
  • zinnia
  • celosia
  • cockscomb
  • snap dragons
  • strawflower
  • statice
  • scabiosa stellata
  • pincushion
  • flax
  • flowering ammis
  • yarrow
  • flowering kale
  • cosmos


  • mustard greens
  • chard
  • eggplant
  • cabbage
  • onions
  • hakurei turnips
  • cilantro
  • padron peppers
  • slicing tomatoes